WEBSTER CO., GA (WALB) - Officials said Thursday they have never seen anything like a puppy mill that was dismantled Tuesday afternoon in Webster County. A 71-year-old woman was arrested Thursday and charged in connection to the mill operation.
Glenda W. Albritton was arrested around 1:49 p.m. Thursday, according to the Webster County Sheriff’s Office.
Albritton was charged with cruelty to animals and aggravated cruelty to animals.
Bond was set at $65,000, according to the sheriff’s office.
A total of 61 dogs were seized Tuesday from the puppy mill operation, officials said.
The seizure of the dogs, which began Tuesday morning, lasted well into Tuesday afternoon.
The dogs were taken from numerous crates and officials said they believe they have been all their life.
“Tears, just tears that anybody could honestly in good conscious go into a room each and every day and see these animals living like they were,” said Martha Ann Coe, Terrell County animal control director.
Bobbie Lee, vet technician at Oakland Veterinary Hospital, said she has never seen anything like this in her 37 years in the animal care field.
“It’s heart-wrenching to see," Lee said. "And it’s just, in fact, unbelievable. We’ve never seen anything like it.”
Lee said some of the dogs are severely matted and some have teeth issues.
All the dogs have received their vaccinations.
Even with everything they’ve been through, Lee pointed out, the dogs are in good spirits.
“They’re all friendly and happy to see us," Lee said. "They’re wagging their tail after everything they’ve been through, that’s amazing to me.”
Terrell County Animal Control led the Tuesday seizure efforts. The Webster County Sheriff’s Office and the Department of Agriculture also assisted in the search.
For more information, such as adoption or providing aid, contact the Terrell County Animal Control Department at (229) 995-7845.